Hyundai Santa Fe 2024 sparks debate among car enthusiasts in Iraq
BAGHDAD — The introduction of the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe 2024 in Iraq several days ago has ignited a widespread debate among car enthusiasts, primarily due to its exterior design, which has not been universally accepted by Hyundai aficionados. However, some argue that the vehicle’s interior design and specifications might overshadow the criticisms directed at its external structure.
A quick survey conducted by 964media on Facebook, particularly in groups dedicated to Korean cars, revealed a significant number of criticisms targeting the new look of the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Yusuf Samir, a mechanic specializing in Korean cars, shared with 964media, “Despite the criticism against its appearance, the Santa Fe 2024 model boasts new features and technologies that provide the driver with all means of comfort. Like others, some Korean car fans may initially be shocked by the new Hyundai’s design, but I’m confident they’ll fall in love with it after their first driving experience.”
The new Santa Fe competes with vehicles such as Kia Telluride, Mazda CX-90, Hyundai Palisade, and Ford Bronco. It offers two engine options: the first is a 2.5-liter turbocharged 6-cylinder engine with an 8-speed automatic transmission, delivering 277 horsepower and achieving a top speed of 190 km/h, with a fuel economy of 8.1 liters per 100 km. The second engine option is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder hybrid, also with an 8-speed automatic transmission, producing 226 horsepower and reaching a top speed of 190 km/h, although its fuel consumption remains unspecified due to its hybrid nature.
The 2024 model incorporates significant safety technologies, including automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, a new driver attention monitoring screen, and a radar-based rear-seat reminder system.